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Coram Boy (stage version)


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Coram Boy (stage version) by Jamila Gavin
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A heartbreaking tale of orphans, angels, murder and music dramatised from the Whitbread Award winning novel set in 18th century England. Winner of the Time Out Live Award for Best Play In 18th century Gloucestershire, the evil Otis Gardner preys on unmarried mothers, promising to take their babies (and their money) to Thomas Coram's hospital for foundling children. Instead, he buries the babies and pockets the loot. But Otis's downfall is set in train when his half witted son Meshak falls in love with a young girl, Melissa, and rescues the unwanted son she has had with a disgraced aristocrat. The child is brought up in Coram's hospital, and proves to have inherited the startling musical gifts of his father gifts that ultimately bring about his father's redemption and a heartbreaking family reunion. 'A rich and almost Gothic drama' Philip Pullman This adaptation of Coram Boy is a SET TEXT for AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA)

Author Biography

Jamila Gavin was born in India of an Indian father and English mother, but spent part of her childhood in Shepherd's Bush. She joined the BBC and started writing in 1979. Books include The Magic Orange Tree, Monkey in the Stars, which she also dramatised, The Surya Trilogy, all of which were short-listed for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and The Blood Stone. She lives in Stroud. ( Helen Edmundson's breakthrough came in 1992 with her award-winning adaptation of Anna Karenina for Shared Experience, for whom she also adapted The Mill on the Floss. Both productions were twice revived and extensively toured. Her adaptation of War and Peace was staged at the National Theatre (1996) and of Mary Webb's Gone to Earth by Shared Experience (2004).
Release date NZ
October 11th, 2005
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Nick Hern Books
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